River + Fir

Life Lessons and ‘Candy’ Bars

Yesterday, marked the end of our team’s journey to the State Volleyball Tournament. From my perch of twenty years removed from my senior year of high school, it felt like a whole truck load of life lessons could be taken away from it. These are the things I would have said except, that in the moment of defeat, it is not the time or place. Emotions need to be felt. Putting the words to it, the rationale, should come later.

Sometimes the underdog wins. Sometimes you are not the underdog. If being a team gets you there, being a team keeps you there. It’s okay to cry — if you’re mad or sad or glad or all of the above. Lots of people, from all parts of your life, are extremely proud of you. Sometimes other people make decisions that impact you. Sometimes the way something ends does not determine the net value of that thing. Sometimes it’s shitty. It is okay to move on to the next thing and have fun, to check that off your list as done and move on.

And sometimes, people bring you food.

So on a different note (but because I made these for The-Seventeen-Year-Old for after the game) here is an amazing use of left over Halloween Candy — and yes, that’s a piece cut out. IMG_8087

We love peanut butter cups and kit-kats in this household. We also have approximately 3.2 trick-or-treaters a year. So, we buy a bag of each and then have to rehome the left overs or make them into some other magical thing that we can give away.

(I used this recipe for Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars but of course I changed it up a bit.)

(Leftover) Halloween Candy Bars

Mix together 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (two sleeves), 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Press into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. (I sprinkled a bit more salt over the crust because I wasn’t loving the flavor of when I licked the spatula. Real life).

Layer over the crust (all approximate amounts, but in this order): 1 bag of peanut butter filled baking chips, 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, 1 cup roughly chopped peanut butter cups, 1 cup roughly chopped kit-kats.

Drizzle 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk over the top, taking care to cover everything as evenly as possible.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, taking care that the peanut butter cups do not burn. Let cool completely (really, all the way) before cutting into bars.

I would love to try these with other combos of baking chips and candies or other goodies: twix and 100 grands with caramel filled baking chips; almond joys, different chocolates and coconut; there’s gotta be some way to add toffee into this mix up or mint. Yeah, lots of experimenting possibilities here!

With that, the last life lesson I learned yesterday — the dishes don’t do themselves magically while you’re away, or later while you binge watch netflix with your husband on the couch. They wait there for your attention. Sigh. That’s next on my list. Real life happening.

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